Sushiyama Travels Celebrates 1 Year Travelversary

There are 2 special occasions that call for celebration today. First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR! A fresh set of 365 days awaits our most memorable travels yet. How will you ink the pages of this new chapter? Where will you go? What will you dare to do? What do you want to accomplish in 2013? Share all of your travel dreams and aspirations in the comments below.

In the ceremonious hanging of a new calendar, I am reminded that today is a special milestone.

It’s Sushiyama Travels’ 1 Year Travelversary

I’m out of breath just thinking about it. One year ago, I launched Sushiyama Travels, and I can’t believe how far my baby has come. From recounting adventures dating back to my college years to my first ever RTW trip, SYT has become a smorgasbord of stories and adventures. In the time leading up to this travelversary, I’ve quit my job, circled the globe, flown on 22 airplanes, visited 10 different countries with layovers in 3 others, and made more friends than can be counted on 2 hands for which I’m very grateful to have in my life.

In the spirit of adventure and nostalgia, even though it’s hard to narrow down to a short list, I’m going to share with you my most memorable moments from the past year, and please share yours with me as well.

Kicking Off My Trip Attending TBEX & WDS

Read: A Newbie’s Ultimate Guide to TBEX and/or A Newbie’s Ultimate Guide to WDS


Snorkeling in Iceland

Read: Icelandic Utopia


Dinner With New Friends in Russia

Read: Me, Myself, and Moscow (Part 1Part 2) and/or Sweet Relief in St Petersburg


Family Dinner in Istanbul

Read: Urban Adventures Abroad


Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

Read: A 3-day Fling With Fairies


Visiting Palestine

Read: Hebron and a Midnight Bike Ride


Bungee Jumping in Macau

Read: Taking the Leap in Macau


Hiking Dragon’s Back in Hong Kong

Read: Hiking and Hollywood Collide in Hong Kong

Dragon’s Back Hike in Hong Kong

Hanging with Couchsurfers in Taiwan

Read: Things I Did Wrong In Tainan


Visiting the DMZ in Korea

Read: Visiting the DMZ in Korea


Japan All Encompassed

Read: Japan Article Archive


Quitting My Job to Travel the World

Read: The Day I Quit My Job


And to answer the inevitable question of which destination was my favorite:

Everywhere I went was my favorite for different reasons, but I will say the country that had the greatest impact on me was Japan.

So if you’re looking for a reason to break open a new bottle of champagne, deviate away from your new year’s resolution diet, take a day off, or trade in your routine for something different for 24 hours, let’s raise our glasses to many more years of travel, deteriorating comfort zones, new friends, and a variety of ethnic cuisines.

If you have yet to set out to travel the world, what are you waiting for? THIS IS YOUR YEAR! Sushiyama Travels will be there every step of the way with stories to keep you grounded in the unfamiliar, tips to help you when you get stuck, and pulling you further and further out of your comfort zone.

See you on the road!

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